From the archives: Article about some of Murray
Rosenbaum's work as a PCV, probably from Yeni Asir. Thanks to
Ginger Taylor-Saclioglu (T-16)
for the translations.
Be part of the ‘Let’s Get to Know the Turks’ program!
The fundamental aim of the ‘Let’s Get to Know the Turks
Program’ is to give tourists who visit Turkey an up-close experience of all
the country’s myriad aspects. The Regional Office of Tourism has been
carrying out test runs of the program for two months with extremely positive
results. The girls in the photograph were guests in the home of a Turkish
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In the first test run of the program, five young American girls were awed by
the voice of Zeki Müren.
"This will bring about an international rapprochement,” says Tourism
The Gökkocabaş family, who live in Izmir’s Alsancak district, filling in the
application to take part in the ‘Let’s Get to Know the Turks’ program,
organized by of the Regional Office of Tourism.
TOURISTS COMING THIS
YEAR WILL BE INTRODUCED TO TURKISH HOSPITALITY
Tourists who come to our fair city this season are going to
get a closer view of Turkish hospitality. Why? Because the Regional Office
of Tourism has put together a program that will enable tourists to be the
guests, albeit it for only a few hours, of Turkish families.
Dubbed ‘Let’s Get to Know the Turks’, the program will give
tourists an opportunity to taste our food, observe our way of life, learn
our habits and customs, and listen to our music as guests of Turkish
families in their homes. Families hosting tourists in their homes are
expected to be fluent in English, French or German.
100 FAMILIES SO FAR
Around a hundred families have already applied to the
Regional Office of Tourism to take part in the program, which has awakened
broad interest in Izmir. If the participation of 300 families can be
enlisted, the program will go ahead and the tourists entertained as guests
in Turkish homes.
A recent test run of the ‘Let’s Get to Know the Turks’
program appears to have been a success. Five American girls who were guests
in the home of Assistant Regional Director of Tourism Ertuğ Erten had a
wonderful time and greatly enjoyed Turkish food. The young girls, who also
listened to Turkish music on their visit, admired the voice of Zeki Müren
and could not resist commenting, “Your way of life is extremely vibrant... A
person is hardly aware of the passing of time...”
In a recent announcement about the program, Regional Director
of Tourism Güman Kızıltan said it would engender an international
rapprochement and added, “Given that our purpose is to acquaint tourists
with Turkish hospitality, we expect people to take an interest in this
Americans living in Izmir have characterized the ‘Let’s Get
to Know the Turks’ program as ‘an appropriate gesture’ and say they will be
be happy to be of assistance.
Thanks to the program, tourists of different nationalities
who come to Izmir this season are going to get to know the Turks very well
An American Peace Corps Volunteer teaching an English course
for Izmir taxi drivers.
English-speaking taxi drivers in Izmir will affix a medallion
to the front of their cars saying ‘This driver speaks English’.
Izmir’s taxi drivers have started learning English and are
already addressing each other as ‘Mister’!
Izmir - The taxi drivers of Izmir have banded together to learn English in
an effort to understand the concerns of foreign tourists in the city and
assist them. Officials from the Drivers’ Association and the Ministry of
Tourism and Promotion, who have spearheaded the effort, say that the course,
run by an American Peace Corps Volunteer, has attracted broad interest.
From now on the drivers of Izmir will be addressing each
other as ‘Mister Osman’ and ‘Mister Bayram’, and will speak fluent English
with the foreigners who take their cabs. To further boost interest in the
course, Drivers’ Association officials have also introduced an unusual
award. Drivers who pass the exam at the end of the 45-day course will
receive a certificate and a medallion, and their names will be entered in a
draw for a free pair of automobile tires.